Despite their successful representation of a physician in a medical malpractice suit in federal court, the judge overwhelmingly denied the defense attorneys’ request for nearly $150,000 in fees and costs.

Edmund E. Ward, who suffers from a rare genetic deficiency, claims Dr. Ernst Schaefer convinced him to participate in a nontherapeutic drug trial by promising the drug would cure his disease. When the treatment failed to cure him, Ward sued Schaefer for intentional misrepresentation and medical malpractice, according to the federal court order filed on Tuesday.